WATERVILLE, Maine – After helping the Castleton University men's basketball team to back-to-back victories over the past week, moving the Spartans into a tie for first place in the conference standings, junior Tondi Mushandu has been named the North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, announced Monday by the league office.
Mushandu averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and one steal per game as Castleton defeated Colby-Sawyer Thursday night, 101-92, and New England College Saturday afternoon, 76-65. He shot 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the field to improve his field goal percentage for the season to 64.5 percent, tops in the NAC and sixth in the country.
Against the Chargers, Mushandu scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from the free throw line, plus he pulled down nine rebounds, dished out two assists, and picked up a steal. Two days later against the Pilgrims, he led Castleton with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds.
Mushandu is second on the team this season in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game to help the Spartans post an 11-3 overall record so far this season. This is the first NAC Player of the Week award of his collegiate career, but he was named NAC Rookie of the Week during his freshman season on Jan. 5, 2015. This is the third weekly honor for a Castleton player this season, as Chad Copeland was named NAC Player of the Week on Nov. 28 and Jan. 2.
Castleton, tied with Husson at the top of the NAC standings with a 6-2 league record, hosts the Eagles in a battle for solo first place Friday, Jan. 20, at Glenbrook Gym starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a home contest against Maine Maritime Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 1 p.m.